Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital Celebrates Women During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the mammographers at Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital will be doing a little extra pampering for those women who receive a mammogram at their facility during the month of October.

“We want to take this opportunity to celebrate women and remind them of the importance of annual mammograms. In the United States alone, the American Cancer Society estimates that over 192,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2009. It’s the second leading cause of cancer death in women, however finding breast cancer early is the number one key to successful treatment,” explains Kathy Stein, diagnostic imaging supervisor. “Mammography is so important. It can detect breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more effective.”

The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 or older have a mammogram every year, and women between the ages of 20-39 should have a clinical breast exam by a health care provider a minimum of every three years. “The good news is that mortality rates from breast cancer have been declining, thanks to earlier detection, increased awareness and improved treatment,” says Stein.

To encourage women to schedule their mammogram, Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital will be providing some special incentives on the day of their October appointment. The women will be offered an array of special treats and a chance to win a “Pamper Yourself” gift basket.

To schedule an appointment, please call Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital’s Scheduling Department at 231-832-7135. You may need to contact your doctor and ask that they provide you with the necessary written order.

Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital is a 25 bed acute care hospital located in Reed City, Michigan that has adopted the Planetree approach to care giving. A model of patient centered care in a healing environment, staff is committed to improving medical care from the patient’s perspective, empowering patients and families through education, information and encouraging healing partnerships with caregivers. Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital offers a newly renovated emergency department with private treatment rooms, an expanded medical imaging department, a regional cancer treatment center and an Eden Care award winning 54 bed rehab and nursing facility. Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital has been recognized for its quality care by the Michigan Quality Improvement Organization and has earned the Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital Setting for 3 consecutive years, the Total Benchmark Solution quality award for 2005 and the 2006 and 2007 VHA Leadership Award for clinical excellence.